Going into the 2022 season, the AFC is the most competitive and stacked conference in recent memory. Not only do you have perennial juggernauts like the Chiefs, Bills, and Ravens all returning with their superstar quarterbacks, but teams like the Chargers, Broncos, and Raiders all should have elite offenses in 2022.
There are also a few teams with really strong overall rosters such as the Colts, Titans, Browns, and Dolphins who are just hoping to get solid quarterback play. If they can do so, they will be right in the thick of things come January.
So who could you bet on to win the AFC this year and which longshot bet should you make?
To help guide you with our NFL Super Bowl predictions series, here are our AFC Championship predictions and betting tips.
AFC Championship Betting Odds
What Are The AFC Championship Odds?
Which team should be the favorite to win the AFC this upcoming season?
AFC Championship odds are courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook and current as of Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. ET.
- Buffalo Bills (+250)
- Kansas City Chiefs (+550)
- Los Angeles Chargers (+800)
- Denver Broncos (+850)
- Cincinnati Bengals (+1000)
- Baltimore Ravens (+1100)
- Cleveland Browns (+1200)
- Indianapolis Colts (+1200)
- Tennessee Titans (+1600)
- Las Vegas Raiders (+1600)
- Miami Dolphins (+2000)
- New England Patriots (+2000)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (+5000)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (+6000)
- New York Jets (+6000)
- Houston Texans (+15000)
It’s not a surprise the Buffalo Bills are the current favorite to win the AFC, as they have arguably the best roster in the NFL. But what is surprising is the gap between them and the next team. It’s clear that oddsmakers believe the Bills are the best team in the conference and they are a near-lock to be one of the top few seeds.
Another thing that is surprising about the odds is that there are 10 teams with odds of (+1600) or shorter to win the conference. Clearly, this is the deepest the conference has been in decades, which should lead to a highly competitive regular season in the AFC.
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AFC Champion Prediction
Kansas City Chiefs (+550)
The loss of Tyreek Hill is certainly going to hurt the Chiefs, but it’s still really hard to bet against Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes. They were just a few plays away from winning the AFC in three straight seasons and they have now been to the AFC title game in four consecutive years.
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Not only do the Chiefs have Mahomes, but they also have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. With all of the draft picks, such as Trent McDuffie and George Karlaftis, and free-agent dollars they’ve spent on their defense, this feels like a really complete team.
It’s going to be really hard for the Chiefs to make it back to the AFC title game for the fifth straight year, but they have just as good of a shot as anyone else. At (+550), they are a pretty good bet to make it back to the Super Bowl with their new-look roster.
AFC Champion Contenders
Buffalo Bills (+250)
The Buffalo Bills have the best roster in the NFL, and they have a superstar at quarterback in Josh Allen. That’s why it’s not surprising at all to see them as the favorite.
Until they can prove themselves in the playoffs, it’s hard to bet on them to beat the likes of the Chargers and Bengals in the AFC. At (+250), they just aren’t a great bet at this point in the year. Wait until the season begins before betting on the Bills to win the AFC.
Cincinnati Bengals (+1000)
The Bengals won the AFC last year, but they are still a pretty big underdog to repeat in 2022. The roster appears to be significantly better than what we saw last season, especially on the offensive line.
As long as Joe Burrow can stay healthy, the Bengals will have an excellent shot of making the Super Bowl once again. The only real issue for Cincinnati is the division, as the AFC North should be highly competitive once again.
Indianapolis Colts (+1600)
If you liked the Colts earlier this summer, now is the time to bet on them as their odds to win the AFC have dropped from 14:1 to 16:1. Could that be due to the injury of Darius Leonard, who might miss a handful of regular season games?
But the Colts still have one of the better rosters in the NFL, and the addition of Matt Ryan should give them a more balanced attack on offense. Look for the Colts to win the AFC South, giving them at least one home playoff game in 2022.